|Project by jdh122||posted 12-08-2014 12:39 PM||2386 views||5 times favorited||18 comments|
This is based on plans provided by the master, Roy Underhill, from an eighteenth-century drawing. It’s made from 2-by construction lumber, as Underhill suggests. Unfortunately here that means spruce instead of much-stronger yellow pine, but it seems to be solid enough. The spring poles and rocker arms are made from yellow birch. The dead centers are just carriage bolts ground conical (they have to be quite exact or they’ll gradually wear a bigger hole in the wood until the piece being turned falls off).
I just finished it and have only done some practice turning on green wood. It works really well, although I can tell it’s going to take some serious practice before I can turn out a nice spindle for a Windsor chair. It really makes me smile when I use it…
If anyone has advice on how to turn on this, or good videos to watch, I’d appreciate it.
I spent about $50 on wood and $20 on hardware.
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests